Blair Underwood begins a new chapter with Josie Hart, his girlfriend from day one and new fiancé.
The “Malibu’s Most Wanted” actor announced the exciting milestone Tuesday night. He revealed their engagement below a picture of the couple attending the International Emmy Awards together in New York City.
“My personal highlight was walking the red carpet with my new fiancé, Josie Hart. The most amazing, brilliant, beautiful, hilarious, thought provoking and insightful person I know living life out loud constantly. The future is crazy bright girl! None of us ever knows where God will lead us.”
Blair & Josie Hart go back to the actor’s pre-fame days
He went on to talk about his longtime friendship with Josie. Remarkably, Blair said they date back a full four decades, and she has been by his side throughout his acting career.
“She turned her back on me before I was even an actor. When a 41-year friendship hits you on the head and blossoms into romance, you stand up, listen, and move forward with gratitude. Gently forward. It begins.”
Blair’s wife, who was almost three decades old, filed for divorce last year
In mid-2021, it was announced that Underwood and Désirée DaCosta would end their marriage after 27 years together.
Blair addressed their split through an Instagram statement. They were sure to cry out to their three grown children and think positively about their union.
“After a tremendous amount of thought, prayer and work on ourselves, individually and collectively, we have come to the conclusion to end our marriage which began 27 years ago. It was really a nice trip. Our proudest achievements are our three incredible children. Three souls to whom God has entrusted us.”
The announcement followed with a proclamation that Blair and Désirée “would continue to be best friends.”
“We continue to be impressed and humbled by the blessings of parenthood. We have always put their best interests first and will continue to do so. We will continue to be best friends and co-parents and have the utmost respect for one another as we enter this new chapter of our lives separately.”
Mixed reactions to Blair’s engagement announcement
As the actor settled down with his 41-year-old boyfriend shortly after breaking up a 27-year marriage, a few Twitter users had a thing or two to say.
Some were stunned by the news and shared that situations like this are the reason they have trust issues.
40 YEARS?!?! pic.twitter.com/dcMopZ7S7v
— Brandon Caldwell (@_brandoc) November 23, 2022
When he proposes to the bitch he told you not to worry about for 27+ years. pic.twitter.com/qjeHZuqSU3
— slim (@MissKilahMarie) November 23, 2022
Blair Underwood is the exact reason why I don’t trust you niggas and you all “best friends”.
— COURT (@mynameskourtney) November 23, 2022
Others shared that they could actually relate to the situation.
This Blair Underwood story makes me laugh because I know for sure that at least one or two of my ex-boyfriends have given me sideways looks for marrying the best friend I told them was her not to worry 😭😭😭😭
One of my exes actually commented “FINALLY!” under our pic on IG LMFAO she knew!
— Ash Money Records™️ (@LightsPlease___) November 23, 2022
I could just pull a Blair Underwood
— A’Janay 🦋 (@NubianSavagee) November 23, 2022
A few people cheered for the new couple and said they were glad to see Blair happy.
I’m sure Blair Underwood is happier now than he’s ever been in his life. So happy for him. A nice ending.
— Yusuf Yuie ✨ Black Joy (@YusufYuie) November 23
I hate this Blair Underwood fiancé tale. The idea of her biding her time only to rush in like she had nothing else in life… we don’t know it. To reduce a decade-long friendship to being just a supporting actor is disrespectful.
— niknikky (@ydragurl) November 23, 2022
The fans humorously shared that the situation is something they could see Underwood in in one of his film roles.
Blair Underwood really is the bad guy from all these movies https://t.co/KYU0pRTB0h
— Sterling 🤓 (@donmega1833) November 23, 2022
Blair Underwood is a super villain husband in movies and in REAL LIFE. No wonder all these film roles for dogs seemed so authentic and natural 🤣🤣🤣
— 73-9 and THEY LIE (@CuffsTheLegend) November 23, 2022
Proponents stuck to their stance that the situation was just a case of old friends falling in love and not something more lewd, as other respondents suggested.
But too bad I don’t think anyone has been waiting in wings for 40+ years to get your man. This Blair Underwood story sounds like a case of old divorced/single people falling in love and that’s valid lol
— Neo (@Neo_url) November 23, 2022
Blair Underwood is marrying someone who has been friends for 30+ years, weird for y’all? I don’t think he was married in the past and I think she was too! They were young AF- before his fame when they met! Sometimes what you need is always there!
— T|K (@TKo_xoXo) November 23, 2022
Regardless of how people feel, the couple is preparing to settle down and build life as a couple.
Congratulations to Blair Underwood and Josie Hart on their engagement!